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ID:MHG51107
Type of record:Building
Name:Five WWII Handcraft Huts, Portmaculter
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Summary

Group of five WWII Handcraft huts, now in use as stores.

Images

Concrete base, possibly of a further Handcraft Hut, Portmaculter. (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilHandcraft Huts, Portmaculter. Most southerly hut in the foreground. All 5 are visible. Note the third hut has had chimneys added and the last two have their gable ends facing the road and the sea. (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilHandcraft Huts, Portmaculter. Most southerly hut in the foreground. Note the windows, door and vent are all intact. (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilHandcraft Hut, Portmaculter. E gable end of most southerly hut. Note the windows, door and vent are all intact. (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilHandcraft Huts, Portmaculter. (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilHandcraft Huts, Portmaculter. (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilHandcraft Hut, Portmaculter. Converted into a dwelling and two chimneys added. No longer used as a house. (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilHandcraft Hut, Portmaculter. Converted into a dwelling and two chimneys added. No longer used as a house. (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilHandcraft Hut, Portmaculter. Converted into a dwelling and two chimneys, a door and porch added. No longer used as a house. (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilHandcraft Hut, Portmaculter. Converted into a dwelling and two chimneys, a door and porch added. No longer used as a house. (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilHandcraft Hut, Portmaculter. Converted into a dwelling and two chimneys added. No longer used as a house. (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilHandcraft Hut, Portmaculter. Converted into a dwelling and two chimneys added. No longer used as a house. (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilHandcraft Hut, Portmaculter. Converted into a dwelling and two chimneys added. No longer used as a house. (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilHandcraft Huts, Portmaculter. These are the two most northerly huts. Unlike the other three huts, these have their gable ends facing the road. (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilHandcraft Huts, Portmaculter. These are the two most northerly huts. Unlike the other three huts, these have their gable ends facing the road. (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilHandcraft Huts, Portmaculter. These are the two most northerly huts. Unlike the other three huts, these have their gable ends facing the road. (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilHandcraft Hut, Portmaculter. W gable of most northerly but one hut. (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilHandcraft Huts, Portmaculter. W gable of most northerly hut. (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilHandcraft Huts, Portmaculter. As viewed from above. (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland Council
Grid Reference:NH 73303 85740
Map Sheet:NH78NW
Geographical Area:SUTHERLAND

Monument Types

  • ACCOMMODATION HUT (Second World War - 1942 AD to 1945 AD (between))

Other References/Statuses

  • Historic Environment Record: MHG51107

Full description

A group of 5 Handcraft 7-sided asbestos huts. Made of bolted together asbestos sheets. Cement rendered brick forms structure of the end elevations. The two most northerly huts are set 90 degrees to the other three and have their gable ends facing the road and the sea beyond. The central hut has been modified and now contains two chmineys and porch on the landward side. It would appear that only the southern hut retains it's original windows, door and ventilation grill (over door), the openings on the other huts have been blocked up. They all appear to now be used as stores.
A sixth hut, under threat of demolition, is located to the NW (see MHG51105).
A concrete base lies to the south which may once have either contained another hut, or was laid for in preparation for another hut.
HCAU site visit with Contaminated Land took place on 4 March 2008 <1>

Handcraft Huts were constructed by the Universal Asbestos Co Ltd at their Handcraft Works, Tolpits Lane, Watford, Herts. See example in <2>


<1> Puls, A, Comment by Andrew Puls, HC Archaeologist (Verbal Communication). SHG23286.


<2> Francis, F, 1996, British Military Airfield Architecture: From Airships to the Jet Age (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG23287.

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